Obesity treatment: a review of current practice in Primary Care and training in undergraduate medical educational programmes - for undergraduate students


1. Introduction
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With the adult population in Northern Ireland carrying more excess weight than ever, this project asks is it now time the treatment of overweight and obesity takes precedence over prevention? Adverse effects of carrying excess weight on health, wellbeing and life expectancy is well understood. What is less well understood is how we can implement effective treatments in practice. As a medical student we are interested in learning from you what is thought as part of your training and at this stage of your training how competent you feel in addressing weight with patients. We would be grateful if you would complete this short survey which should take 10-20 minutes to complete. Results from this survey will be collated anonymously and used to increase awareness around this issue. 
It is not essential to answer every question. Complete survey data is most useful to us, but we understand you may not wish to disclose (or have time to complete) some information – please feel free to skip over any such question(s). 
The survey is available in other formats (large print, hard copy, verbal delivery, and different colour contrasts).  Please contact [a.j.mcknight@qub.ac.uk] if you wish to access these. 
Many thanks for your participation; it is much appreciated! 

  • I confirm that I have read, or had read to me, and understand the information sheet for the above study. I have had the opportunity to ask questions and these have been answered fully. 
  • I understand that my participation is voluntary and I am free to withdraw at any time (up to the point of submission of the survey), without giving any reason and without my legal rights being affected. 
  • I understand the study is being conducted by researchers from Queen’s University Belfast and that my personal information will be held securely on University premises and handled in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 2018. 

1. By completing this survey, I am confirming that I understand the purpose of the study and give my consent for my responses to be used anonymously for research *